Monday, August 15, 2016

ABA Cockroaches Actually Recommend Not Accrediting University of North Texas Dallas College of Law

Welcome News: On August 8, 2016, the Dallas Morning News publised an article from reporter Holly K. Hacker, under the headline “UNT Dallas Law School in danger of not getting accredited.” Enjoy the following excerpt:

“Dallas’ first public law school is in danger of not being accredited because it enrolls too many struggling students, a new report said. 

The UNT Dallas College of Law also has a shaky financial plan, according to a key advisory group of the American Bar Association, which accredits the nation’s law schools. 

The group advised against accreditation — a crucial seal of approval. 

In Texas, only graduates of accredited schools can take the Texas bar exam. And they must pass the exam to practice law in the state. 

The recommendation is a huge blow to the law school, part of the University of North Texas at Dallas. The law school was years in the making before it opened in downtown Dallas two years ago with the goal of serving a diverse student body and charging low tuition. 

School leaders broke the news to students Friday. Dean Royal Furgeson said Monday that the disappointing recommendation is not final. School leaders will go before a council of the bar association in October and argue why the school deserves accreditation.

“We’re glad we have a chance to go to the council and make our case, which we will do vigorously,” said Furgeson, a former U.S. District judge. If that doesn’t work, he said, “We’re gonna do whatever it takes to get there.” Schools can reapply. 

In the meantime, the college would ask the Texas Supreme Court to let its graduates to take the state bar exam. The school will graduate its first class this year.” [Emphasis mine]

Perhaps, the ABA cockroaches figure that they must publicly show that they have some standards. Then again, the rodents have accredited dozens of steaming excrement piles that charge insane amounts in annual tuition.

Other Coverage: On August 10, 2016, the ABA Journal posted a Stephanie Francis Ward story that was entitled “New Texas law school not recommended for ABA accreditation.” Look at this wondrous opening:

“The ABA’s accreditation committee has recommended that the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law not receive accreditation, the school’s dean told the ABA Journal, and he plans a response. 

“We will get a fair hearing,” says Royal Furgeson Jr., UNT Dallas Law’s dean and a former U.S. district court judge in the Northern District of Texas. “We’ll tell the council that there’s a giant need for affordable law schools like us, and we’re going to meet that need.”

Barry A. Currier, the ABA’s managing director of accreditation and legal education, said the council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar does not comment on pending recommendations. 

The recommendation presents an interesting contrast between accreditation requirements and law school intent. According to the Dallas Morning News, the ABA committee cited a large number of students with low LSAT scores at the school, and was concerned that students were being admitted who would be unable to pass the bar exam. The article also notes that last fall, one-fifth of the school’s first-year class was placed on academic probation. Additionally, the school admitted 17 students who were dismissed from other law schools, mostly for bad grades. 

But it is just this type of student that led Furgeson to become the founding dean of UNT Dallas Law. A 2014 Huffington Post article said, “Furgeson and his admissions staff are relying less on GPA and LSAT scores … in favor of recommendations and life experience.” [Emphasis mine]

Of course, the pigs state that they are now in favor of recommendations and “life experience.” This is code for “We will take anyone with a pulse.” Hell, why not give applicants additional points for a personal statement as to why they want to go to law school?!?! If they manage to type up such a letter – and have less than 10 grammatical or spelling errors – perhaps they can even get a partial scholarship, i.e. tuition discount.

In-State Tuition: For $ome rea$on, the swine provide these figures on a per semester basis. I suppose they feel that the price tag does not look quite so steep when it is presented this way. At any rate, Texas residents attending this cesspool will face tuition and fees of $15,859.90 – for the 2016-2017 academic year. By law school measures, that is affordable. However, remember this is a three year program, and opportunity costs and living expenses should also be considered before taking the plunge. Also, take garbage job prospects into account, genius.

Non-Resident Tuition: Those foolish enough to move to Texas, in order to attend this trash pit, will be charged $27,989.10 in tuition and fees – for the 2016-2017 school year. That is a steep price, especially for a commode with no alumni base or proven results. If you have a decent job, I don’t understand why you would even contemplate enrolling in such a toilet.

Conclusion: The Univer$iTTTTTy of NorTTTTTh TTTTTexa$ Dalla$ Commode of Law is trying to justify its decision to admit those who have little chance of passing the bar exam, by stating that it factors in life experience and recommendations. So if the shift manager at Starbucks writes a nice letter for Dumbass, then that should be given serious weight?! Real law schools don’t care about anything other than strong LSAT scores and perhaps an undergrad degree from a top university. I wouldn’t bet against the ABA eventually accrediting this sewer.

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